Imaprotek® from ITW Security Division is a polychromatic printed UV ink image, derived from a photograph, printed using proprietary Fasver® technology. It is completely invisible under daylight yet vibrantly visible when exposed to UV light in either the UV-A or UV-C spectrum. 

The ability to view under both UV frequencies enables security to be greatly improved within Passports, Visa’s and other secure documentation as it is now possible to print two distinctive images in the same place for anti-counterfeit protection, and which will only show when the corresponding UV light is used. In addition ITW Security Division’s Fasprotek™ laminates do not block UV-C light, ensuring the printed Imaprotek® image can be clearly seen and making duplication nearly impossible. 

The capacity of Fasprotek™ laminates to allow UV-C inks to be viewed under UV light also means that any UV-C features already integrated within the security paper of the Passport, Visa paper or Birth Certificate can also be clearly viewed, maximising the value from the existing security print features, even after a Fasprotek™ laminate is applied above.

Commenting on the Imaprotek® UV print feature Bob Carey, ITW Security Division’s Business Unit Manager said “UV prints and inks are an integral part of today’s security documents with the presence of UV designs helping international law enforcement and border authorities in establishing their authenticity."

“In many cases protective laminates obscure UV-C inks thereby negating the value of these security features on variable data pages. However by using our proprietary Fasver® technologies we have been able to combine the UV security of Imaprotek® and protection of Fasprotek™ to provide an integrated security solution that ensures UV-C is clearly and vibrantly visible across the security document.

About ITW Security Division 

The ITW Security Division was formed in 2012 through the coming together of the management teams, technologies and resources of Covid, Fasver® and Imagedata™. Leveraging the strengths of these brands, the ITW Security Division today offers the secure document market a single source supply for high security laminate documents and dye diffusion (D2T2) ribbons. 

As an independently operated division of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), a Fortune 200 company, we have the financial resources necessary to continually invest in new technology, research and development. This global footprint and view has enabled us to supply products to more than half the world’s countries from our secure facilities in the UK, France and USA. 

At ITW Security Division we understand that the foundation for secure materials begins with highly secure manufacturing facilities. We manufacture products from start to finish in one of our secure facilities enabling us to meet the ‘under-one-roof’ production requirements demanded by many governments. 

Our products and technologies driven by our Covid and Fasver® brands have developed a global reputation for highly advanced security solutions. Overt, covert and forensic security technologies are customised to the specific requirements of each document program to enable the widest combination of personalisation methods and substrates for passport and ID card issuance worldwide. 

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Joanne Ogden – Global Sales Manager
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